So I should probably clarify my position a bit. I’m not saying that musicians shouldn’t make money from their song/album sales. I’m saying traditionally the vast majority of them haven’t except for the small window where iTunes was the primary platform for music sales. There are several reasons for this.
In the older model, record companies are the ones who made money off album sales except in the rare case that a musician/band had gotten big enough to negotiate a marginally equitable contract. This is why only the incredibly large artists were concerned with Napster. Most of them were making little to no money off the album sales anyway. Also, the project the RIAA was working on before the Napster deal was to make sure that rights to an artist’s masters never reverted back to them as the do now after a set period of time.
The real money in music is not actually in the sale of the album, it’s in the ownership of the songs and the ability to license those. ASCAP is not concerned with musicians unless those musicians are also the music rights holders. It’s why authorship and the retention of music rights matter in this conversation. It feels like Frampton is leaving something out.
Lastly, the primary avenue most (at least American) musicians have had for income is touring. We’re largely back in that space now though really never stepped much outside it. Some artists like Chance the Rapper choose to only make their music available on streaming services because they feel it gives them more control and their real revenue is from touring. As someone else pointed out, Youtube’s terms are much worse than Spotify and artists like Frampton willing post their music to that platform. If he still owns his music, he also has the ability to pull it from Spotify if he so chooses.
Conversely, comic creators don’t have the same level of ability to make money from their craft outside the sale of comics unless they leave comics for other work. That’s where it’s to our advantage to support them. I also support the bands and musicians I like. I don’t really stream all that much preferring buying what I like on vinyl (usually with a download code) or on rare occasions just digital.
There just seemed a bit of faux outrage on Frampton’s part and something he’s leaving out of the story. Also, what about the guys in Frampton’s band? Is anyone worried about them or are they just gigging musicians who have already been paid? Did Frampton write every single part in his songs? I tend to prefer bands to single musicians for this reason.